15 Minutes of Exercise a Day Lowers Death Risk by 22 Percent
New research indicates that just 15 minutes of daily exercise might be a perfectly reasonable target for older adults to aim for. In fact, data recently presented at a European Society of Cardiology meeting in France found that 15 minutes of exercise per day is associated with a 22 percent lower risk of death, compared to older adults who were inactive.
"This level of activity equates to a 15 minute brisk walk each day," noted Dr. David Hupin, a physician in the Department of Clinical and Exercise Physiology at University Hospital of Saint-Etienne in Saint-Etienne, France.
"We think that older adults should progressively increase physical activity in their daily lives rather than dramatically changing their habits to meet recommendations" Dr. Hupin continued, as quoted at ScienceDaily.com. "Fifteen minutes a day could be a reasonable target for older adults. Small increases in physical activity may enable some older adults to incorporate more moderate activity and get closer to the recommended 150 minutes per week."